Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

June 12, 2013

Ex-Smyth Co. deputy, son, sentenced for embezzling


Associated Press

MARION, Va. — A retired Smyth County Sheriff’s chief deputy and his son have pleaded no contest to embezzlement charges stemming from a cellphone investigation.

A judge sentenced 64-year-old Kenneth M. Lewis and his 30-year-old son, Matthew M. Lewis, to 40 hours of community service each.

The men were accused of allowing Kenneth Lewis’ county-issued cellphone to be used as a business line at a hunting store. Mark Lewis co-owned the store.

Under a plea agreement, the men will pay restitution to the county.

The Bristol Herald Courier  reports that the men entered their pleas and were sentenced Monday in Smyth County Circuit Court.